Twenty miles in NYC? Done and Done!
It’s amazing how AWESOME long runs are with friends. 🙂
I think from now on I’m just going to travel to a new place every week for all my long training runs. Now, where should I head to in a couple of weeks for my next 20 miler? Anyone willing to take me in? 😉
I was up before everyone else hoping to squeeze a quick 5 miler in with the lovely Betsy before meeting the gang for the remaining 15.
I had a couple pieces of toast with Sunflower Butter and an apple before heading out the door.
The breakfast ended up being too much for so early in the morning. My stomach was feeling iffy for the first 6 miles and there were a few moments I was afraid I would have to make an emergency stop in a non-existent bush. Luckily my stomach eventually evened out and I felt like a whole new person for the second half of the run. 🙂
Betsy, Bo and I ended up taking the lead during our beautiful route around the city. They took me into Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge, through Williamsburg and Dumbo, back into the city over the Brooklyn Bridge, and up the Hudson River Trail. And I loved every minute of it.
We took our time during our run, stopping for water and gatorade along the away. (I bought a bottle around mile 17 and it made all the difference)
Another perk about running with friends? Everyone is super casual about it. My Garmin never synched up, so I relied on Betsy’s Garmin the whole way. It felt strange to not know exactly how far along I was or where my pace was at, but eventually I stopped glancing at the blank screen of the Garmin and just went with it. I also resisted urges of asking Betsy for constant updates regarding pace or distance. Just run, Meghann, Just run. 🙂
Apparently New York City is a smaller island than even I realized. On the Hudson River Path someone ran by looking directly at me with a quizzical look stating “Meghann?” Turns out it was my friend Lindsay who I do some promotional stuff with at work and happens to be in town visiting a friend as well. She was already heading to the Vegan ICe Cream meet up tomorrow, but it was fun saying Hi a day early. 🙂
After 20 grueling (ok, not grueling, but the last 2 were!) miles Betsy and I had a bit of anti-climatic finish of stretching and high fives.
We headed upstairs and Bo broke out the left over pastries from Alice’s (I knew I liked this guy)
I immediately joined him with half a cookie and a good amount of cake. 🙂
Now we’re all showered and heading out to get some post run smoothies!
Watch out NYC, here we come!